Posted Tuesday, August 13, 2002 8:12 AM | Contributed by GregLeg
Two children, ages 5 and 9, were told to turn their St. Louis Rams jerseys inside out this week at Six Flags Elitch Gardens. The park said that the number 13 represented gang activity and disrupted the family atmosphere of the park.
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I would find it funny if someone goes to a park with a jersy with the number 18 on it and see if you get kicked out or told to flip it inside out. If you don't then this park is really just being stupid.
As for this whole matter I feel that the park was with in their rights but I find this a bit too much to start requesting guest that they can not wear any sports jersy that has a number on it used by a gang. Also I find the news report a little too much also. It not like this is a HUGE travisty so I dont see the real need to report this.
I am from california (now living in montreal) and I can definantly tell you that the 5 year old does not look like he is in a gang. I have known people in gangs.
Stealth-SFEG is good park, I know I bag on it sometimes to but you have to give them credit for how clean the park is and how nice some of the employees are. Sure, they don't have X or Goliath, but that isn't EG's fault, that is SF, so don't bag on SFEG, blame SF for that.
And quite frankly, you people amaze me. Do you think this is the only stupid thing that has happened at a park? Not every incident gets reported on the news. I am sure some of your "great" parks employees have done some pretty s***tty stuff too. This was one employee out of an entire park. I'm sorry SFEG can't compete with your perfect parks! You people make me laugh.
Many gang members have children of their own. I wonder if they would dress them in their colors? Makes you think.
Umm...last I checked, we were living in America...unless I missed an update somewhere. I will not tout the "freedom of speech and expression" tagline since we are censored, however when do you go to far?
By accusing a 5 year old wearing an obvious St Louis Rams jersey, with Warners name on it, of possibly being linked to a gang in another state. First, would a gang member in LA even be allowed to wear a Rams jersey? I think not.
Unless they were a gang who were tragically sadened and hurt by the move of the Rams to St Louis and felt that by wearing their jersey (specifically with the #13 since they all love Kurt Warner) and supporting the team through theft and fights, that they could bring their long lost team home.
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Please people, first metal detectors and now being thrown out for what you wear to the park. God, does anyone know what the First Amendment states anymore?
As soon as I read this story it immediately pissed me off. I wear football and basketball jerseys alot....ALOT. So say I go to a theme park and wear my Priest Holmes jersey. I'm a typical 15 yearold kid who happens to be a pretty big guy and often mistake for a 17 or 18 year old. Are they going to make me turn my jersey inside out because it has the number 31? How does a number lower the family atmosphere?! If I was that kid I would notify every form of media I would think of because that is not acceptable from a corporation like Six Flags. Give me a break.
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This is a lose-lose situation for us at SFEG. If we use a blanket policy to attempt to keep the families and children safe from anything, even if it may be a little overkill, then we get criticized by both the media and enthusiasts. If we only make hispanic, african-american, or any other kids who 'look' like gang members change their clothes, then we get yelled at for discriminating and profiling. Sure the call that the employee made was overkill, but by putting everyone under a blanket we can eliminate the gang symbols and in the process make a few people have to turn their shirts inside out.
It is the same practice that is used in schools. Say a school outlaws the color red because it is a gang color in a local area. The school dos not allow anyone to wear that color. Not the straight A student body president who lives in a gated community and is obviously not a gang member, and not the hispanic kid from the ghetto whose family is on welfare. They put everyone under a blanket in an attempt to end all possible activity. This is the same thing that SFEG did.
And for those of you who spout off about freedom of speech, there is also something called the clear and present danger clause, which I believe SFEG was well within the lines of. It just makes me mad that you all can take a little instance that was blown out of proportion, and then proceed to put all of the blame for SFEG being neglected and SF stock going down on the actions of one employee.
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And for you making a big deal out of the "Rams" bit, they'd have been fine if they had on a Torry Holt jersey (88). It's the 13 that was the issue. And likely Gam Man you wouldn't be banned from having a 13 on your shirt @ SFGAm. But I'd watch my back wearing anything with a "pitch fork" on it (e.g. ASU perri).
--who rememembers with the "Brothers" gang was into wearing Chicago "Blackhawks" jerseys because of a hidden upside-down pitchfork in the logo
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